The UAE MoFAIC (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) announced that beginning from 1 February 2018 UAE nationals who hold ordinary passports would not need requirements for pre-entry visas to visit Ireland.
Ahmed Elham Al Dhaheri, an Assistant Under-Secretary at MoFAIC, was quoted by The Gulf Today as saying that their ministry received from the Government of Ireland an official note stating that holders of ordinary UAE passports will be allowed to visit Ireland sans pre-visa requirements, and they would also be able to avail the prospects of extending their stay in the West European country for up to 90 days every time they visit.
According to Al Dhaheri, the privileged bilateral ties between Ireland and the UAE and with a large number of Emiratis opting to travel to Ireland increasingly to study, to invest, trade, tour and others are the reasons that prompted this move.
He indicated that the positive economic ties between these two nations over the past years have encouraged both nations to provide their citizens with all the privileges possible in a bid to see to it that continued prosperity and progress exist in their bilateral relations.
Al Dhaheri said that Ireland had waived prior-visa requirements for private and diplomatic passport holders of UAE in mid-2015 leading to their improved bilateral relations and as of now this progress has been completed by exempting other Emiratis from the same rules.
A smartphone app has been launched by the United Arab Emirates for Indians applying for its work visas in a bid to improve the process and enable completion of most of the procedures in India with an aim to help them to enter that country’s workforce easily.
Rolled out currently in English and Hindi for Android platforms, it will also soon be available in Malayalam as the most number of UAE work visa applicants hail from Kerala.
Ahmed Al Banna, the UAE ambassador, was quoted as saying on 22 November that most processes done earlier in the UAE are being done now in India. He said that the app will simplify visa applications and make things simpler.
Though this app, directions and guidelines will be provided to make the application process safe and smooth. It is supposed to work as an aid providing instructions to complete a specific procedure such as attestation of documents, police clearance certificate and the compulsory medical check-up.
Al Banna said that their intention was to reduce the rigours for India and make it possible for them to start working within a day of their arrival in Emirates.
As of now, there are three visa centres of the UAE in India in the cities Mumbai, Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram, with the one in Indian capital issuing about 50,000 work visas in 2017.
With more than 2.6 million, Indians make up the largest expatriate community in the UAE. Of them, 20 percent are white-collar non-professionals, 20 percent are professionally qualified workers and the others are blue-collar workers.
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